UW’s Shoemaker named Ecological Society of America Early Career Fellow

LARAMIE —Lauren Shoemaker, a University of Wyoming assistant professor within the Department of Botany, has been chosen as a 2021-25 Early Career Fellow of the Ecological Society of America.

The Ecological Society of America is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group {of professional} ecologists, and this particular recognition is awarded to Ecological Society of America members who’ve made excellent contributions to advancing or making use of ecological information in lecturers, authorities, nonprofit organizations and the non-public sector.

Early Career Fellows are members who’re inside eight years of getting accomplished their doctoral coaching, or different terminal diploma, who’ve superior ecological information and purposes, and present promise of continuous to make excellent contributions to a variety of fields served by Ecological Society of America. They are elected for 5 years. Ecological Society of America established its fellows program in 2012.

“This award is an incredible honor,” Shoemaker stated in a press launch. “The Ecological Society of America is the largest professional society in my discipline, and I feel really fortunate to have wonderful colleagues, mentors, collaborators and a lab that have helped me achieve this recognition.”

Shoemaker and the opposite 9 Early Career Fellows will probably be formally acknowledged for this designation throughout an awards ceremony at Ecological Society of America’s digital annual assembly Aug. 2-6. She was nominated for this award by a gaggle of collaborators and colleagues from throughout the United States and internationally.

Her analysis at UW combines arithmetic, ecological experiments and sophisticated programs science with the goal of understanding patterns of biodiversity.

“My research at UW currently focuses on understanding patterns of biodiversity and the mechanisms that maintain species′ richness,” Shoemaker stated. “In particular, my research focuses on understanding the relative importance of competition between species for limited resources, such as water and nutrients, versus the role of environmental variability in structuring ecosystems.

“I study how the relative importance of these different factors contribute to the species’ richness that we observe; the ways in which species’ abundances fluctuate through time; and the stability of ecosystems,” she continues. “In my lab, we test the importance of these processes, using laboratory experiments with protists (microscopic and unicellular organisms) and in rangeland ecosystems. This next summer, we are expanding and will be starting to work in the alpine as well.”

Shoemaker stated that she is enthusiastic about science, expertise, engineering and arithmetic outreach and exposing college students to analysis, and mixing math and biology. For a few years, she has served as a pen pal to Ok-12 college students by means of the nationwide “Letters to a Pre-Scientist” program. At UW, she at the moment teaches an undergraduate course that mixes biology, programming and arithmetic, the place college students observe the scientific course of from knowledge assortment to visualization and evaluation.

Additionally, she teaches a graduate course targeted on knowledge science. These experiences tie to her analysis ardour of working throughout disciplinary boundaries and mixing modeling with assessments of ecological principle.

“This award highlights, to me, the importance of working across disciplinary boundaries, and in combining mathematics and modeling with data collection and analysis for progressing our understanding of the mechanisms that structure ecosystems and biological diversity,” she stated.

For extra details about Shoemaker’s analysis and her lab, go to www.laurenshoemaker.weebly.com.

The Ecological Society of America, based in 1915, is the world’s largest group {of professional} ecologists and a trusted supply of ecological information dedicated to advancing the understanding of life on Earth. The 9,000- member society publishes 5 journals and a membership bulletin, and broadly shares ecological data by means of coverage, media outreach and training initiatives. The Ecological Society of America’s annual assembly attracts 4,000 attendees and options the newest advances in ecological science.

For extra data, go to www.esa.org.

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